ASHFoundation Awards $640,000 to 82 Individuals

January 3, 2019

(Rockville, MD) The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) recently awarded $640,000 in research grants, scholarships, and clinical achievement awards to 82 individuals. The awardssupport communication sciences and disorders research that can potentially lead to advances in treatment, nurture the next generation of students in the discipline, and lead to innovation in science and practice.

The exceptionally innovative and talented recipients were recognized and awarded at the annual ASHFoundation Founders Breakfast at the 2018 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). More than 400 donors, corporate sponsors, and past awardees attended to honor these worthy recipients.

"We are proud of these newly awarded scholars who are bringing forward discoveries to change the lives of children and adults striving to communicate effectively," said ASHFoundation President Allan O. Diefendorf. "Among this year's awardees are the first recipients of a new Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant program designed to accelerate research that will increase knowledge to improve services for people with communication disorders. Their studies show great promise for bold solutions for the future."

Throughout the ASHFoundation’s history, more than 2,200 students, researchers, and clinical professionals have received more than $9.8 million in ASHFoundation funding. To learn about the 2018 honored individuals and past award recipients, visit

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)
The ASHFoundation supports innovators and sparks innovation in the communication sciences. We provide resources for promising researchers, students, and professionals exploring bold ideas and forward-thinking solutions to improve the lives of people with hearing, speech, language, and swallowing disorders. The ASHFoundation raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations to invest in ingenuity and empower innovators to chart new paths. We achieve this through research grants, scholarships, clinical achievement awards, and special programs.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

ASHA Corporate Partners